As you probably know by now, a police officer named Michael Slager in North Charleston, South Carolina has been charged with murder for shooting Walter Scott in the back eight times following a routine traffic stop. Yes, Scott was African-American and unarmed.
The incident took place on Saturday. Slager initially claimed that he tasered Scott and shot him after struggling over his weapon. However, videotape of the incident demonstrates otherwise. Slager’s attorney would resign after the video surfaced. His arrest would soon follow.
Scores of people have condemned the shooting including South Carolina Senator Tim Scott who tweeted, “After watching the video, the senseless shooting and taking of #WalterScott‘s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.”
If not for that video, it must be considered that the authorities would have very likely taken Slager at his word.
The FBI is also involved to investigate potential civil rights violations.
I don’t know if Slager was motivated by racial animus against Scott. I am sure we will soon know about his past conduct as a police officer.
If it isn’t about black and white then I think a case can be made that it is about yellow. Slager’s deadly deed was the act of a coward.
Of course, this shooting will invariably be linked to last August’s shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. But this linkage is specious as even Eric Holder now acknowledges that Wilson acted in self-defense.
If anything, the shooting in South Carolina further demonstrates that Darren Wilson is owed an apology. Darren Wilson is no Michael Slager.
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